use your ceiling fan with your ac unit to reduce electric bills

Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Odessa

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, there are a number of other tasks you can do to stay cozy and save money this month.

During the transition season in Odessa, those far too few spring temperatures, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a couple things to keep in mind:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can have the chance to come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a couple degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, switch the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually lower the temperature of the air, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than what the thermostat says.

Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There

Treat your ceiling fan like you would lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to benefit from the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Don’t forget, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air.

Keeping you comfortable and saving you money is important to us at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 432-333-2208 and chat with one of our air conditioner service experts or you can easily arrange an appointment with us online.